NBA Rumors: Lakers Less Appealing to Jimmy Butler Because of LeBron James

Jimmy Butler is currently a member of the Timberwolves.

But that may not be the case for much longer.

League sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski that Butler requested a trade from Minnesota.

Sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Butler would prefer to be shipped to the Knicks, Nets or Clippers.

What about the Lakers?

Well, as Wojnarowski wrote on Wednesday afternoon:

Butler had once imagined playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, but LeBron James' arrival as the franchise's cornerstone made it less appealing for Butler in the prime of his career, league sources said.

Kyrie Irving demanded a trade from Cleveland, Paul George stayed in OKC, there have been rumblings that Kawhi Leonard may prefer the Clippers over the Lakers and now this.

What does this say, if anything, about LeBron James? It's all certainly....... interesting.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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